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Blazers walk past Goretti

April 03, 2001

Blazers walk past Goretti



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Clear Spring 11, Goretti 1

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Haupt and Line. Adenhart, Herman (4) and Staubs. WP - Haupt (1-0). LP - Adenhart.



The Clear Spring Blazers learned they can go far by using just a little patience on Monday.

Patience helped the Blazers draw 10 walks and created plenty of scoring opportunities to help Clear Spring to an 11-1 victory over St. Maria Goretti.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Junior left-hander Gerad Haupt struck out nine batters - eight of them in the first three innings - while allowing just one run on three hits and a walk in the win.

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The 10 walks made it a stroll for Haupt.

"Our team's offense was great today," Haupt said. "The coach tells us all the time to hit the strikes and let the balls go. Patience wins you ballgames. We hit the ball when we needed to hit the ball. Jumping out to an early lead is crucial. The first inning sets the tone for the game."

Clear Spring (2-1) batted around in a five-run first inning as Haupt and Justin Michael drew walks to start the rally. One out later, Regis Line hit an RBI single before Chris Everitts walked to load the bases.

Adam Mills reached on a double error that scored two runs before Casey Constable ended the rally with a two-run single.

"This is only the second time that Gerad Haupt has pitched for us," Clear Spring coach Jim Hutson said. "He was consistently in the strike zone today. He had a very strong performance."

Haupt helped himself out by scoring four runs and had two hits, including an RBI triple, for Clear Spring. Line added two hits and three RBI.

John Szallay had two of Goretti's three hits and the only RBI for the Gaels (1-3).

"Clear Spring played pretty good baseball today," St. Maria Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said. "We opened up the floodgates for them with a few walks and a few errors."

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